Tips to fix error code 1603 in Windows® 7
Learn about the issues when a Windows 7 system shows error code 1603. Get tips to fix the issues
Windows 7 is an Operating System from Microsoft that was released after Windows Vista. Windows 7 inherits most of the features of Windows XP and Windows Vista and also possesses its own features. The Windows 7 has features for everything including security, reliability, simplicity, productivity, etc. At times, Windows 7 systems might end up with some errors. The reasons behind the errors can be several and Windows 7 uses error codes for representing them. "Error 1603" is one such error which often occurs while installing a Windows Installer. The error aborts the installation procedure which means that those programs can no longer be installed and used. "Error 1603" is found with Microsoft Windows Installer 1.0, Windows Installer 1.1, Windows Installer 1.2, and Windows Installer 2.0. The "Error 1603" displays a message saying “Error 1603: A fatal error occurred during installation”.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about error 1603 in Windows 7 and also provide the steps to fix the issue:
- Error 1603 issues
- Remedial measures
Error 1603 issues
Error 1603 is an error caused in Windows 7 while trying to install a Microsoft Windows Installer package. When the error is caused, it prompts the user with an error message and an ‘OK’ button. When the user acknowledges the error message the installation aborts and rolls back. This means that the user can no longer be able to install the package until the Error 1603 is fixed.
The reasons behind error 1603 are several. It can occur if you are trying to install it into an encrypted folder. It can also appear if you are trying to install on a drive which is actually a substitute/temporary drive. Windows Installer is installed under the SYSTEM account. If the SYSTEM account doesn’t have Read/Write permissions over the folder to which you are installing, the "Error 1603" will occur.
"Error 1603" can be resolved in different ways depending on the reasons behind the error. If you are trying to install it in an encrypted folder, try installing it in a non-encrypted folder. Also make sure that the folder is not in a substitute drive. To modify permission rights, open ‘My Computer’ and right click on the drive to which you want to install. Select ‘Properties’ and then select ‘Security’ tab. Verify that the SYSTEM account is selected. If not, click ‘Add’ and add the SYSTEM account. Now go to ‘Permissions’ tab and select ‘Full Control’ under ‘Allow. Click ‘OK’ and close the dialog boxes. This will set the permission levels for SYSTEM account and allows you to install it in any folder under the selected drive.
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